Tiny PB Cup Cookies

I saw these cookies over on Cookies and Cups a few months ago, and immediately added them to my “To Bake” list. Especially because my classic Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are Ryan’s absolute favorite, and since having a baking blog isn’t always conducive to me baking the same recipe over and over, this offered a great opportunity to appease him and make some mini’s too for a fun new blog post. Aren’t they adorable??

I’ve included a picture with my awkwardly photographed hand below so you can see just how teeny-tiny they are. I used the mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joes, and tried to use as many of them as possible because they’re outrageously addictive on their own and thus dangerous to keep at home. But wrap some delicious peanut butter cookie dough around them, bake for a few minutes, and they’re absolutely impossible to resist.

It’s not easy rolling 100 tiny balls of dough, so I stopped somewhere after 50 and switched to full sized cookies, but if you have some kitchen helpers, go for it! You’ll also need your team of helpers after rolling out the dough, because the trick is sticking the peanut butter cups in the cookies RIGHT when they come out of the oven so they sink in nicely. This is also why you don’t want to bake 50 of them at a time, even if they’d all fit on one cookie sheet, because there’s no way you’ll get to all of them quickly enough to stick in the peanut butter cups. The baking time is only 3-5 minutes, so it’s not a big deal to just do a few batches.

Mini PB Cup Cookies
Idea adapted from Cookies and Cups

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mini-mini peanut butter cups (like these)

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Beat peanut butter and butter together until light and fluffy
- Add sugars, egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt, and then gradually add the dry mixture to the wet with mixer on low speed until dough just comes together
- Shape dough into tiny balls (a little less than 1/2″ in diameter) and place on a cookie sheet. Make sure not to bake too many at once, probably no more than 20.
- Bake cookies for 3-5 minutes, until they’re slightly golden but still soft. Stick a PB cup into each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a plate (mine would have fallen through my wire cooling racks) to cool completely.

I’m really not sure what the yield would be for the full batch of cookies, I only did about 50 tiny ones and then switched to mini-muffin tin-sized cookies, but I’m sure this recipe would yield 200+ tiny cookies if you rolled out the whole batch. Good luck to you if you decide to tackle that!

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16 Responses to “Tiny PB Cup Cookies”

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    withoutamicrowave — January 10, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    Oh man, your are too cute. I’m tempted to print that last photo out, frame it, and hang it in my kitchen.

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    oneordinaryday — January 11, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    Love how tiny they are. You can eat them by the handful!

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    Erica — January 11, 2011 @ 1:05 am

    I have high-resolution versions if you’re interested Tyla :) But I might have to charge you in the form of some quality time together!

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    Mara... — January 11, 2011 @ 2:17 am

    oh these look fabulous. I would eat a couple of dozen for sure! I am going to get some of those mini pbs at TJ’s next time I am there!

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    Michelle — January 11, 2011 @ 2:22 am

    I make the same type of cookie but use a Hershey’s kiss but I will have to try the peanut butter cups the next time as they are a favorite in our house.

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    cookies and cups — January 11, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    YAY!! SO glad you made them! They are kind of a pain, aren’t they but seriously, you can eat them by the handful which is quite dangerous!
    Thanks for the linky love :)

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    Wilde in the Kitchen — January 11, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    These are so cute and tiny! I’ll have to stop by TJs and pick up a bag of these mini PB cups. Although I’m not promising that they will make it into cookies! :)

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    pearlsandprose.com — January 11, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Found your blog through Food Gawker. The photos and recipes are fantastic! I’ll be back.

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    Lauren — January 11, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    I LOVE those mini pb cups from Trader Joe’s, so I know I would adore these cookies. They wouldn’t last long, that’s for sure!

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    Eunice Yooni Kim — January 12, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    those look absolutely delicious! i love using those peanut butter cups in baking, but it’s hard not eating them all before.

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    Joycee — January 12, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    I have some pb cups leftover from stockings…can’t wait to make these today!

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    dadá — January 12, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    They are fantastic.

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    viaam — January 14, 2011 @ 6:30 am

    I appreciate your post, thanks for sharing the post, i want to hear more about this in future.

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    Cupcake Crazy Gem — January 15, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    Wow these are so cute and look so yummy! If only they sold mini cups in the Caribbean, but they don’t! I’ll bookmark this recipe and hope that one day when I move Stateside I can whip them up!
    I’ve tagged you in a question time award over on my blog if you fancy doing it.

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    Jennifer — January 31, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    Yum! I will definitely be trying these out very soon. They are adorable and I love how they are bite size!

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    Kate Mutchnik — March 27, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    I just made these! So good. I found that I could insert the mini pb cups before baking. I added about 1.5 extra minutes. Mine came out perfectly. Made about 150 mini cookies.

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